Trauma can create complications for patients seeking professional mental health care, especially if that trauma goes unacknowledged or unaddressed. When psychologist don’t incorporate trauma care into their treatment plan, it can lead to misunderstandings, poor communication, and other consequences that hinder a patient’s treatment. Trauma-Informed treatment prevents these issues by providing the expertise and understanding patients need to truly benefit from each session with a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Psychologists who practice Trauma-Informed treatment enter client interactions with the assumption that the client could have experienced some form of trauma. By accounting for this potential trauma—and the ways it can affect an individual’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, symptoms, and treatment compliance—psychologists can create a more secure and confident environment for their clients.
With Trauma-Specific Treatment, Licensed Clinical Psychologists implement measures that prevent trauma-related difficulties, such as accidentally triggering a trauma response or making a client feel guilty about their experiences with trauma. Overall, Trauma-Informed Treatment is the key to creating a safe, confidential, and beneficial environment for patients who might have a history of trauma.
What is Trauma?
Trauma-Informed psychologist use their understanding of what trauma is and how it affects a patient to create more effective treatment plans. Trauma is not a specific event; there are several ways people can experience and react to trauma. Trauma involves experiencing or being exposed to a serious or life-threatening situation. Many traumatic events revolve around death, serious injury, or assault.
It’s important to note that an individual doesn’t have to experience a traumatic event firsthand to suffer trauma. Trauma can also stem from witnessing a death, injury, or assault, learning that such an event happened to a close friend or family member, or experiencing repeated exposure to details about the event.
Licensed Clinical Psychologists who have a comprehensive understanding of how trauma works can create a more tailored treatment plan revolving around Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and other forms of Trauma-Informed Treatment.
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How Trauma Affects Treatment
Trauma and its symptoms can create challenges during your treatment experience. Psychologists who don’t practice Trauma-Informed Treatment might not recognize the signs of trauma. This means they won’t be able to provide the understanding and care you need to heal from your traumatic experience as well as any other Mental Health Conditions you live with. A Trauma-Informed psychologist, on the other hand, can clearly identify the effects of trauma and how it influences your experiences.
Trauma-Informed treatment leads Psychologists to ask patients what happened to them rather than what’s wrong with them. This type of understanding creates a safe and constructive environment for clients to open up about their experiences and navigate the effects of trauma in a safe and productive manner.
Areas of Focus in Trauma-Informed Treatment
Anyone can suffer trauma and face clinical challenges because of it. However, trauma-specific treatment is beneficial even when a client doesn’t have a trauma history. Trauma-Informed Treatment techniques strive to create a safe, understanding, and beneficial environment for all clients. By emphasizing the following areas, Licensed Clinical Psychologists can establish healthier, more productive treatment plans for clients.
Emphasizing Physical and Emotional Safety
Client safety is integral to Trauma-Informed Treatment. Psychologists who use trauma-specific treatment take measures to make every client feel safe during their treatment sessions. Both physical and emotional safety are essential. Psychologist can establish a safe environment by promoting privacy, comfort, and security. A judgment-free environment also helps to put clients at ease and establish an emotionally safe setting for treatment sessions.
Transparency and Trustworthiness
Transparency is another key element in helping clients feel safe and comfortable during sessions. Trauma-Informed psychologist must emphasize open and honest communication with their patients. This includes clear communication about how Trauma-Informed CBT and other treatment models work, what treatment sessions should look like, and how patients can achieve their clinical goals. When Licensed Clinical Psychologists practice transparency, they create a trustworthy environment that encourages their clients to show the same type of open, honest, and straightforward communication.
Empowerment Through Collaboration
Trauma has a way of making patients feel as though they’re not in control of themselves or their symptoms. Trauma-Informed Treatment combats this feeling by emphasizing collaboration and encouraging patients to take an active role in their treatment. Psychologists encourage collaboration by educating clients on their experiences as well as their care options. Collaborative practices such as these create a sense of empowerment that helps patients feel more control over their lives.
Encouraging Voice and Choice
Humans are incredibly resilient, even in the face of trauma. Trauma-Informed Psychologist recognize this resilience in patients and encourage it by emphasizing the value of a patient’s voice and choice throughout their mental health journey. By highlighting a client’s strengths, Licensed Clinical Psychologists empower clients to take on a more active and productive role in their mental health treatment. This, in turn, improves patient compliance and allows for a more productive treatment environment.
Competency and Cultural Awareness
Because everyone experiences trauma differently, it’s crucial for Licensed Clinical Psychologists to educate themselves on the specific cultural considerations a client might experience. Factors such as race, class, and gender can influence how an individual experiences or reacts to trauma. Awareness of these factors and the ways they affect a client’s experience is an essential part of compassionate and effective Trauma-Informed Treatment.
Goals of Trauma-Informed Treatment
Individuals with a history of trauma can struggle to be open with their psychologist, which leads to a lack of patient treatment compliance that hinders clinical objectives. Trauma-Informed Treatment creates a more productive environment so that patients with trauma can engage fully and confidently with their Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Trauma-specific treatment also helps Psychologists avoid re-traumatizing patients and create a safe and effective treatment plan for their clients. Trauma-Informed Treatment helps improve patient outcomes and establish a healthier and more successful treatment experience for every client.
Trauma-Informed Treatment at Blair Wellness Group
At Blair Wellness Group, we emphasize the importance of safe, compassionate, and customized care for every client. Trauma-Informed Treatment is just one of many ways we create a productive clinical environment and tailored treatment plan to help our patients find strength, control, and healing in their lives. Contact Blair Wellness Group to learn more about our evidence-based treatments or schedule an appointment today.
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